A Healthy & Safe Sustainable Community Equity Policy Initiative of the California Walks Network

Achieving Walkable Communities for Health (AWCH) is funded by The California Endowment to advance health in transportation and land use policy, including the Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS)decision-making mandated by SB 375, to reverse California’s childhood obesity epidemic. The California Walks Network also prepared a series of case studies, collecting information and best practices from around California to advance walkability and pedestrian safety.

The California Walks Network, in collaboration with local and regional partners, have successfully:

Increased Investments in Active Transportation

  • At the state level,  the Cal Walks Network was involved in the successful settlement and ongoing implementation of 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Caltrans lawsuit to provide ADA-accessible sidewalks and crossings on state highway system—resulting in a new Caltrans ADA Infrastructure Program with dedicated pedestrian safety funding of $1.1 billion over 30 years. This Program represents the largest single increase in statewide pedestrian investment in Caltrans history;
  • At the regional level, through RTP/SCS processes:

Shaped & Broadcasted the Healthy & Safe Community Transportation Equity Message by:

Elevated Community Resident Voices in Policymaking as the Key to Sustainable Change by:

Advanced State, Regional, & Local Policies to Increase Walking including:

Achieving Walkable Communities for Health Project Case Studies